Nature Conservancy Welcomes New Government Relations Director to Texas
Chloe E. Lieberknecht takes the helm to lead legislative efforts on water, energy and land conservation.
Austin, Texas | January 08, 2013
Today, The Nature Conservancy announced Chloe E. Lieberknecht as the new government relations director for the Conservancy’s Texas program. In this position, Lieberknecht will work with elected officials and governmental entities at the local, state and federal level to address Texas’ most crucial environmental matters.
“Chloe Lieberknecht now stands at the intersection of conservation and government in Texas, one of the most interesting places in the world to innovate solutions for natural resource protection,” said Laura Huffman, state director of The Nature Conservancy in Texas. “As our population explodes and the availability of key resources like fresh water become more and more strained, Lieberknecht will play a key role in promoting the undeniable connection between natural resources and a healthy, vibrant state to policymakers and state leaders.”
Lieberknecht’s work on natural resources spans an entire career. Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy, she served as a member of the executive management team for the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission, where she led efforts to improve and enhance public policy for key state programs, including the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Prior to that, she helped advance state and federal proceedings regarding endangered species, air and water quality, water rights and energy.
“Stewardship and respect for our natural resources are two values that are incredibly important to me, both personally and professionally,” said Lieberknecht. “During my eleven years with the legislature, I was fortunate to help improve the agencies that protect and regulate Texas’ natural resources. And as water issues become even more critical to the state, I am thrilled to begin advocating for conservation initiatives on behalf of The Nature Conservancy.”
Lieberknecht received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg, Virginia and lives in Austin, Texas.
The Nature Conservancy of Texas (nature.org/texas) maintains more than 30 ecologically important preserves and conservation projects statewide and, with partners, has conserved more than 800,000 acres of land and water in Texas. The organization has also led significant marine habitat restoration efforts along the Gulf of Mexico that benefit terrestrial and aquatic wildlife and help protect Texas communities from hurricanes and tropical storms. In addition to a dozen initiatives benefiting Texas rivers and streams, the Conservancy also works with private landowners and municipalities, such as the cities of San Antonio, Austin and San Marcos, to protect critical freshwater resources like the Edwards and Trinity aquifers. Over the past 45 years, the Conservancy has worked with state and federal agencies to create and expand beloved public areas, including Enchanted Rock State Park, Big Bend Ranch State Park and Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.